Friday, November 13, 2015

DaySpring Sale - This Weekend

As a DaySpring affiliate, I have the priviledge to let you in on DaySpring sales before they are officially announced. There are many good things happening  this weekend! Great sales and great discounts.

1. Everlasting Light - Star Cluster Necklace - $50.00 -- Currently at $25 on sale at 50% off today until supplies last.  (Just got word they are getting really low on these. Get yours right away!)
from: DaySpring Cards Inc

2. Everlasting Light - Stacked Ring Set - $36.00 -- Currently at $15 on sale at 50% off today until supplies last.
from: DaySpring Cards Inc 

Also, there is a 40% off coupon code available to use through Monday, Nov. 16 (2015). 
Code: 40DAYS

This sale includes the Nativity Hurricanes, the God's Heart for You Necklace (one of our most popular), and even the Ann Voskamp Greatest Gift Sculpted Ornaments!!! For more products, check here



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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Crochet Books Wish List

I've been browsing crochet books to check out at the library with the intention of getting acquainted with the material to decide whether is one I want to add to my library. I mainly looked for books that would help me create more interesting designs for pillow covers, blankets, afghans, and accessories like hats. Everyone loves a crochet hat, right?

Some of these titles have been recommended through other fellow bloggers and others I've discovered through IG. There are so many more titles available, however, the following 8 have really stuck with me. Hope you find something useful.

Let me know in the comments what crochet books you like so I can look them up too.

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1. 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match

6. Granny Squares: 20 Crochet Projects With a Vintage Vibe



Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Crochet Stars for Ornaments in Two Rounds

Christmas is around the corner, ho ho ho! I am just too excited for all the pretty decorations, all the red, all the cheer, the joy, the christmas tree, the lights, and the music. And holiday baking! can't forget that! Last year I made Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (free pattern), this year I'm focusing on stars. We want to remember that the Wise Men followed a star that led them to Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12).

To make the stars from the picture you'll need:

Ribbon of your choice to tie and hang 
Needle to weave the ends such as Susan Bates Needles Bent Tip Steel #13 & #16* 

The beauty of this pattern is that it only takes two rounds to complete the star.  

Begin with with a magic ring and tighten it after completing the first round. 

The pattern uses the following stitches:

P.A. = Punto Alto  = Double Crochet

P. Deslizado = Slipt Stitch

P.A.D = Punto Alto Doble = Triple Double Crochet

The excitement has been so much this year that I started making these stars for the Christmas tree back in September.  I have made several of them and I have to thank Ahuyama Crochet for the free pattern. It's in Spanish, but it's very easy to follow. Follow the information above to make the stars. 

Experiment with a larger hook to make bigger stars for a banner. 

What kind of ornaments are you crocheting? Let me know in the comments! 

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi

How to Crochet Ridges

Crochet ridges bring a fun and creative visual effect to a project like a blanket, pouch, boot cuffs (free pattern with ridges!), etc. The first time I saw it I was mesmerized by the look and the texture such blanket could have. I couldn't wait too long until I went and got my favorite Sungold yarn from Hobby Lobby, crochet hook and made a Chevron blanket with plenty of texture. 

It was my favorite project, my favorite blanket that I had made in baby size. So adorable. It sold on Etsy within days of posting and it went all the way to Texas.  I keep telling myself when I have time I'm going to make a larger one for me. It would go so well on the couch to cuddle up while watching a movie on a cool night.  How about you make one too?

Now what you have been waiting for, the secret. 

Not really a secret. 

But really, it is so easy you'll want to do it right away.  

In order to get the ridges, just crochet on the back loop (BL) of every stitch. Yes, that's it. That's all there is to it. 

Have fun. 

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. 

~ Fabi 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Crochet Multiples

Many times while browsing for a crochet stitch or pattern, you will notice it tells you to chain a multiple of X number. You will need the correct multiple to avoid having to frog your work (learn more Crochet Slang) because of chaining too few or too many.

A 'multiple' is the number you get as a result (or your answer) when dividing by a given number.

In other words, a 'multiple' is a number you get after the ‘ = ’ sign in the table of multiplication.

The good news is that crochet patterns are very specific. It will clearly say what multiple is needed in order to complete the stitch for the pattern.

Let's say, I want to make a really wide blanket where the instructions tell me to chain a multiple of 12. Then I would either think of what are the multiples of 12 or look up the handy table below and pick depending on the length of the chain desired.

12 x 1 =  12
12 x 2 =  24
12 x 3 =  36
12 x 4 =  48
12 x 5 =  60
12 x 6 = 72
12 x 7 =  84
12 x 8 =  96
12 x 9 =  108
12 x 10 = 120
12 x 11 = 132
12 x 12 = 144

Let’s say, I need a chain that will be long enough for a blanket and it needs to be a multiple of 12. I might pick 108. Okay, so 108 is a multiple of 12, like the directions of the pattern told me. I will chain 108.

Often times, it will also say, “chain a multiple of 12 (in this case) + 2.

That means I will chain 108, 2 more chains which will equal a total of 110 chains.

Hope this has been helpful to you. Let me know in the comments if it makes sense. Looking forward to hearing from you!

~ Fabi 

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Time for Tea

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Tea time is one of the most relaxing times of the day or night when I get to just sit down with my mug and enjoy some quiet. My mug sets the tone for the kind of tea time I am having, ya know, whether it is for some fun, to relax, or to sit down and pray or have a devotional. My friend, that's the reason I have quite a collection of mugs. Do you collect mugs?

If I can't have tea at home, I make sure to take my tea bag with me in tea bag holder - get the free crochet pattern - so I can share some tea with a friend while out on a play date. Tea is better when shared, right?

I plan on expanding my collection with one of the 39 mugs available through DaySpring that are currently on sale for $5 (today only). I have several people in mind whom I know would like to have a new mug or perhaps you know a teacher or a good friend who could use one of these.

I'm especially fond of these mugs because of the uplifting message printed on each one. I'm going to showcase a few here:

There's a mug for everyone, be sure to get yours today and one to share.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lately in my kitchen - Blueberry Scones

It all started when I was pregnant the fourth time and all I wanted to eat were scones.

An insatiable desire to eat scones.

I was really overdue, so after my last few appointments, I stopped by the local bakery to pick up a scone to sweeten up my day.

Thought it would end once the baby was born.

Yet, even though I had the baby at 41 weeks and 5 days...

...scones were still at the top of my list.

...And still are!

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One afternoon while the baby was napping, the older kids and I got in the kitchen and decided to try a blueberry scone recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction.

The list of ingredients is fairly simple, you probably have most things: flour,  frozen butter, cream, sugar,  baking powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and blueberries (strawberries, raspberries).

Something interesting about the recipe and other ones I have looked at is that scones only use baking powder, no baking soda.  Why?  Scones are meant to be puffy pastries/cakes. We don't want them to spread, just to puff up.

Her recipe is very thorough, great for a newbie like me.  In making scones we learned how to make homemade buttermilk (milk + cream). We also learned to put the butter in the freezer and then grate it right before adding it in.

Once the batter is ready, give them the desired shape. I like the triangles.  You can put the dough in a pie pan and then cut them out OR you can also use a shaped pan which will work great for scones or even cornbread. I'm considering getting one of these scones pan in the future to save me time.

Scones Pan - affiliate link 

All ready to bake!

Bake them at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes. 

The kitchen smells so good when I bake these yummy, super yummy, scones. You will love them too!

Have you made scones before? What kind? 



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